16th Selected Links

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Some links to things I've been reading or watching that you might also enjoy:

1. Paul Simon on his writing process for 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'. This video provides a lovely illustration of cultural evolution, of what biologist and former guest of the podcast Matt Ridley calls "ideas having sex". (The relevant part begins at 5:26, so I've set the link to start there.)

2. Transcript of the Nixon Seminar on conservative realism and national security (April 6, 2021). The seminar includes Peter Thiel, Mike Pompeo and Robert O’Brien.

3. 'How much economic growth is necessary to reduce global poverty substantially?', a recent article by Max Roser. A key insight from the article: "One of the most important insights of economics is that people live in poverty not because of who they are, but because of where they are."

4. On 1 April, mathematician and former guest of the podcast Eric Weinstein released his paper on Geometric Unity, a purported theory of everything.

5. I'm a bit late to the party on this one, but last weekend I saw Hamilton in Sydney. Incredible. 'My Shot' and 'Non-Stop' and 'Aaron Burr, Sir' are my very favourite tunes from the show.

Have a nice weekend,